a separate part of a whole; "an important piece of the evidence" an item that is an instance of some type; "he designed a new piece of equipment"; "she bought a lovely piece of china"; a distance; "it is down the road a piece" an artistic or literary composition; "he wrote an interesting piece on Iran"; "the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests" an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck" a serving that has been cut from a larger portion; "a piece of pie"; "a slice of bread" repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup" join during spinning; "piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings
If someone or something is still in one piece after a dangerous journey or experience, they are safe and not damaged or hurt. providing that my brother gets back alive and in one piece from his mission. = intact
A coin; as, a sixpenny piece; formerly applied specifically to an English gold coin worth 22 shillings
a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
You use to pieces in expressions such as `smash to pieces', and mainly in British English `fall to pieces' or `take something to pieces', when you are describing how something is broken or comes apart so that it is in separate pieces. If the shell had hit the boat, it would have blown it to pieces Do you wear your old clothes until they fall to pieces?
You can use piece of with many uncount nouns to refer to an individual thing of a particular kind. For example, you can refer to some advice as a piece of advice. When I produced this piece of work, my lecturers were very critical an interesting piece of information. a sturdy piece of furniture
a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"
In a workout, a basic unit of swimming exercises that, when added together, constitute a set Example: The set "2 X 100 kick, 3 X 50 swim" consists of two 100 meter pieces, followed by three 50 meter pieces
You can refer to specific coins as pieces. For example, a 10p piece is a coin that is worth 10p
Any one thing conceived of as apart from other things of the same kind; an individual article; a distinct single effort of a series; a definite performance A literary or artistic composition; as, a piece of poetry, music, or statuary
to sew small pieces or patches of fabric together to make a larger piece Usually done in a decorative pattern or design Traditional quilts are usually made from shapes cut and sewn in repeated geometric patterns Strip piecing: in this technique the design is created in strips Each strip is sewn together and then joined to the other strips to make the design The "In March" and "Just When I Thought" illustrations were done using strip piecing on a diagonal "Do You Know Green?" was strip pieced vertically Each of the designs made of squares, was also put together by sewing the squares into strips
A person who has a strong and unusual personality, especially one with seriously unpleasant character flaws (e.g. a nasty piece of work)
Known as Pixie for his fresh looks, and Dr Death for his cold stare of disapproval, Rudd was said to have few friends in Canberra. Former Labor leaders Paul Keating and Mark Latham described him, respectively, as a menace and a terrible piece of work.
a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; "it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time"
If you piece together the truth about something, you gradually discover it. They've pieced together his movements for the last few days before his death In the following days, Francis was able to piece together what had happened Frank was beginning to piece things together
An in-depth article that discusses a topic thoroughly and elaborates the writer's point of view, to inspire deep thought related to the article's subject. Think pieces are usually published in magazines, newspapers or web sites
Flexible polyurethane foam that has been glued together from two or more smaller pieces Commonly seen in cushioning to create special shapes or properties, or to use up small pieces produced during fabrication
in this type of quilting, shapes are cut and sewn together to form a design There is no background piece and the seams are hidden on the back side of the quilt top Pieces may be geometric or may be curved
[ 'pEs ] (noun.) 13th century. Middle English pece, from Anglo-Norman peece, peice et al. and Old French pece, piece et al., apparently from Late Latin *pettia, *pettium. Ultimate origin uncertain; perhaps from Transalpine Gaulish (compare Welsh peth, Breton pez (“thing”), Irish cuid (“part”)).
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